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  •  1.50 hour

    When completed in 2017, the UBC Brock Commons Student Residence will be the tallest wood building in the world.  Russell Acton will share how Acton Ostry Architects and tall wood advisor Hermann Kaufmann Architekten positioned themselves to win the commission. They will describe how an assortment of design challenges were met head-on using an innovative integrated design process.  Hear about the early beginnings in January 2015 that culminated in the start of construction just 10 months later—all achieved by combining a bit of European knowledge with a whole lot of Canadian pluck.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of code requirements pertaining to commercial reroofing, including a discussion of the impacts of retrofit construction on energy efficiency.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  •  3 hour

    This inaugural legacy project will be facilitated by local architect, Ian Niamath, and artist and engineer, John Hofman. The intention is to record highlights of Nanaimo’s built form by quick sketching open to all delegates, and to the public, on a uniform set of papers, in whatever medium you wish! Check in at the Festival of Architecture 2016 Info Desk in the Diana Krall Plaza on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm to get your official event sketch papers and get your sketch on! Bring your favourite pencils or paints to maximize your enjoyment observing and jotting down your impressions of the downtown Nanaimo’s cityscapes and their occupants. Your submitted sketches will be stored in the Nanaimo Archives, and may one day be on display as we compare and contrast, and reflect upon local sights that inevitably change with time.


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  •  2 hour

    Présenter un aperçu des modes de gestion de l’eau et des eaux pluviales à l’échelle d’un terrain, d’un quartier et d’un bassin hydrologique et examiner le lien entre ces modes de gestion et la planification de collectivités durables et la conception de bàtiments écologiques.


  •  1 hour

    Designed especially for today’s executives in a difficult economy, this course brings together proven tactics that help increase sales and reach new customers. It focuses on presenting the results of comprehensive research that surveyed end users in facilities – the people who hire architects and engineers. The results stimulate thinking for the professional firm, and will help them shape their presentations to gain new business and retain current customers.


  •  1.50 hour

    As a building conservator I spend a good deal of my time trying to convince skeptical people to invest large sums of money in the preservation of broken places: typically abused and abandoned by those same communities I hope to enroll to save them. Frequently, something remarkable happens along the way: almost overnight the energy changes and we experience a shift from opposition, cynicism, and vandalism; to optimism, ownership and celebration. As we increasingly seek to address the impacts of climate change through the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of our existing buildings, we need to understand better this transformational process.


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  •  1.50 hour

    In 2008, John Ralston Saul described Canada as a "Métis civilization" whose values and attributes are deeply linked to our aboriginal heritage and the cultural negotiation between our First Nations and European ancestry.  If Saul's provocation is considered in relation to discussions surrounding our national architectural identity, the first question might be - if we are a Métis "nation," what is Métis architecture?  How does this relate to the actual Métis Nation and architects such as Douglas Cardinal, Étienne Gaboury, and Alfred Waugh who are often described as Métis?  Transcending futile searches for a "Métis style", this session will consider a potentially distinct Canadian approach to material and ideological hybridity throughout the design process while recognizing the complexity of using the term Métis in this context.


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  •  1.5 hour

    Sustainability through multi-attribute assessments are introduced to help the building professional utilize more comprehensive sources. This course addresses new techniques, risks, and basic leadership skills for successful sustainable projects. Furthermore, it looks at how design and construction teams can cooperate with material suppliers in tracing a material’s life-cycle from raw material extraction, manufacture, installation, and finally, material end-of-life considerations. The new Green Building Design and Construction, LEED version 4 (v4) rating system, is evaluated for its incorporation of a multi-attribute focus on building materials and resources.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.

    In order to download this course, a USD $75.00 fee must be paid.


  •  1.5 hour

    Ce cours offre une vue d’ensemble de la planification énergétique dans les collectivités et comporte, en plus d’une démonstration et d’une sensibilisation aux principes, des discussions sur les modes classique et durable de la planification énergétique, le processus d’une planification durable en la matière et la gestion de l’offre et de la demande d’énergie.


  •  1 hour

    Basic introduction to trash, recycling and linen chute systems including NFPA and industry standard information.


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  •  2 hour

    Donne un aperçu de la conception d’une collectivité durable en mettant l’accent sur l’application des six principes de base de la planification pour intégrer les bâtiments dans les collectivités et créer ainsi des lieux de vie sains, tranquilles et respectueux de l’environnement.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of display wall technologies and their differences for consideration when designing and specifying a dynamic and engaging display wall.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the importance of the workplace break room and how ice can play a crucial role in an enhanced refreshment service. Also addressed are the different types of ice available, the equipment that produces and stores ice and the Architect/Designer’s role in specifying the equipment, taking into account key consideration factors.


  •  8 hour

    This course is designed to provide an overview of wood finishing. This includes clear finishes, pigmented finishes, stains, dyes, glazes, multi-step color finishing, and finishing systems. The course is 35% classroom and 65% hands-on.


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  •  2 hour

    "With the role of architecture expanding into the realm of social and environmental responsibility, architecture today is the responsibility not only of architects but also of other custodians of our community. All must work together to make architecture that will withstand the test of time. Speakers will address the political, social and cultural factors that influence successful implementation of design ideas and the creation of meaningful architecture that connects with its community. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussion."


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  •  2 hour

    Donne un aperçu de l’importance qu’il faut accorder à l’élaboration d’un plan intégré de gestion des déchets solides (PIGDS), et aborde l’impact des déchets sur l’environnement, les éléments clés d’un PIGDS et les étapes menant à l’élaboration d’un PIGDS complet.


  •  2 hour

    Provides an overview of sustainable community design, with a focus on applying the six basic planning principles to integrate buildings into communities, which in turn creates healthy, peaceful, environmentally conscious spaces.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  •  1 hour

    This course is for anyone working on a LEED project that is pursuing the Construction IAQ Management Plan – During Construction point. This course will look at how teams can work together to make sure the correct documentation is collected and that, ultimately, the plan is being implemented effectively by everyone involved. This will result in fewer questions from reviewers, less backtracking by the project team to collect documentation retroactively, and a less contaminated space for future occupants. This course is applicable to LEED 2009 as well as LEED v4, as this credit has not changed.

    In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  •  1.50 hour

    This walking tour will give delegates the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their charrette sites and environments and to start generating ideas before participating in the charrette on Friday morning.  Register for the location you would like to provide ideas for, and get outside to explore it during this walking tour. (Each tour may view up to three sites, within close walking proximity.)


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  •  1.50 hour

    As our urban centers become increasingly dense, the effective movement of large volumes of people through complex spaces requires creative solutions.  Maintaining a positive user experience includes moderating densification, controlling flows of people, identifying and supporting retail strategies while addressing user interfaces such as ticketing, security cues, and fare gates.  This session will outline current approaches to addressing pedestrian planning in complex spaces, including examples of small, medium, and large case studies of people movement through complex buildings. Examples will be presented in three-dimensional imaging using the pedestrian modeling software MassMotion. 


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  •  1.50 hour

    Tibetan Culture in Exile: Reflections on Architecture and Identity


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  •  1.5 hour

    Provides an overview of community energy planning (CEP) and includes discussions on conventional and sustainable energy planning, developing a sustainable CEP, energy demand and supply management, and energy education, demonstration, and awareness.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.


  •  3 hour

    "Dialogue. “People freely and creatively exploring issues, listening deeply to each other and suspending their own views in search of the truth. People in dialogue have access to a larger pool of knowledge than any one person enjoys. The primary purpose is to enlarge ideas, not to diminish them. It’s not about winning acceptance of a viewpoint, but exploring every option and agreeing to do what is right.” In this Plenary Dialogue, our panel will explore “Architectural Connexions” that shapes the places where we live and work while responding to social and cultural heritage and the environment. Big cities were once small. Small towns sometimes grow larger. History can be a wonderful teacher. The successes and failures of our cities can provide foundations for creative and new ideas that explore ways to initiate responsible and livable communities. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the dialogue which will generate ideas for the following day’s charrette."


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  •  1 hour

    This course follows the growth of the IP through four stories of projects whose objectives were met or exceeded though the use of the IP. The projects range in age from 1993 to the present and in scope from a series of single-family homes and a freestanding rural structure to a multi-acre inner city mixed use redevelopment. The course will highlight the IP components employed while focusing on the more invisible benefits and the lessons learned from each of the IPs.

    This course is part of one or more "Course Collections". Click here to view the details.

    In order to download this course, a USD $50.00 fee must be paid.


  •  1.50 hour

    The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Post-Disaster Response Committee has been working with government authorities and other professional associations to develop a standardized and interconnected system for damage assessment following major disasters.  Our goal is to establish a national network of trained assessors available to perform rapid safety and detailed damage assessments for municipalities in need.  Quickly assessing buildings reduces the social impact on communities by allowing re-occupation for residents, businesses, and local services.  This workshop-style session will introduce the work of the committee and have participants collaborating and brainstorming on the role that architects across the country can play in post-disaster response.


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  •  1 hour


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